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First Set of Acrylic Nails on Bionic Arm

Former Marine Claudia Mitchell may be the first person in the world to have a set of acrylic nails fitted to a bionic arm. Claudia lost her arm in a motorbike accident and has been fitted with a state-of-the-art prosthesis.

The bionic device costs about £32 000 and takes a five-hour operation to install. The nerves needed to operate the arm then regrow in about five months. Claudia can control the prosthesis by thought using nerve impulses from the muscles in her chest--and she clearly has priorities about the way it looks!

The UK's media covered this story last week; for example, here is the BBC's coverage where you can watch a clip of the limb in action.

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